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Time for Wirral to recognise Malcolm Lowry, says author

22nd October 2009

Wirral should praise the literary efforts of one of its writer sons, it has been suggested.

Under The Volcano author Malcolm Lowry based a great deal of his work on the area where he spent his childhood, but is not well known to locals, according to Colin Dilnot, who has penned a book about the writer.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Dilnot noted that Lowry's novels are full of references to his early years in the north-west, despite the books being set in exotic locations across the globe.

'In Under The Volcano he talks about something called the "hell bunker" and that was on one of the greens of the Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake,' he explained.

Dilnot also called for a plaque to be erected at the house where the author was born, pointing out that Wirral recognises war poet Wilfred Owen in spite of his loose connection to the area.

Lowry's work currently has some recognition in Wirral, with the Bluecoat Arts Centre hosting a centenary exhibition of artists, filmmakers and performers from Merseyside and the rest of the UK, Mexico and Chile who have been inspired by the author.

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